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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 13, 2010 8:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

Oh I can believe it. I'm working right now. Got a Monday am deadline and I'm under the gun. I just realized I don't understand that line. In front of the gun I could buy. Oh well.

BTW Jerry was a much better guitarist than Eric. The endless imagination-the fluidity in so many outrageously different styles-the incredible gift of melody. The only thing he really didn't have was the Chicago blues bit. Jamming was in the air in the early 70s and Eric was part of it as Derek. If you want to hear Eric do his Dead, check out the live Derek disc that they released. No contest. This is, as always, a big IMO.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2010 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

Oh trust me, over the years, I have come to regard Jerry as "top five" pure and simple (this was never possible in the 70s and 80s with all the guitar players I would speak to...they would laugh at the notion and it inhibited me, seriously).

But, listening to these early CREAM shows, live, and watching the vids, I think that Eric does a bit more than we gave him credit for, if you follow...I do think, as I've always said, CREAM owed as much if not more to JBr and GBak, but just don't tell JOTS...

Anyhow, ironically, having always assumed EClap was so great, without really thinking it (ie, me during the 60s and 70s), once I finally got old enough and listened to enough 68 to say with confidence to my guitar playing friends "JErry is BEST!" I've now come back to looking more closely at ECl and like him even more, and am just not sure I am buying the "he was limited" and such, or "just technically proficient"...

In a way, it's doubly ironic cause I find myself here defending EC in the same way I used to defend JG ("he's not just a noodling, drugged out experimentalist!").

Great expanding my horizons on this old stuff though...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 13, 2010 9:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

"Jerry was a much better guitarist than Eric"

that would depend upon whether you are referring to an improvisational ability or pure technical ability. Eric is by far a more polished player, though, as you said, not as "imaginative" in an exploratory arena. Garcia was (or atleast became) a very very sloppy player whose technique never did rival some of the best in the business. I dont think it was his intent to be "the best" - just the best at being himself. Stack him up against people like Wes Montogemery, and it is like a child playing with men. The list of better techinical players could go on and on and on...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 15, 2010 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question


yeah

But who was the better Banjo player?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 15, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

no contest :)

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Poster: cush212 Date: Mar 15, 2010 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

I alwys go with the old "9 fingers vs. 10 fingers" dodge...

;)

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 15, 2010 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

digitally challenged

;)

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Poster: cush212 Date: Mar 15, 2010 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A medical question

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...

'scuse me while I fall out of my chair now!!!